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Princess Ariel is the protagonist of the 1989 animated film, The Little Mermaid, and the youngest daughter of King Triton, ruler of the undersea kingdom of Atlantica. She is one of the heroines of Auradon and the wife of Prince Eric.

She made a minor cameo in Descendants 2 attending cotillion with Eric.


Before the formation of Auradon[]

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Ariel as she appears originally in The Little Mermaid.

Ariel is a mermaid who loves human things, and the youngest daughter of King Triton, who hates humans. One day she falls in love with Prince Eric after saving him from drowning. In order to be with him, she makes a deal with the sea witch Ursula: She will turn Ariel into a human in exchange for her voice, and she must get Eric to kiss her within three days, or the deal will be broken.

During that time, Ariel tries to get Eric to kiss her, although without success. And when Eric announces that he is going to marry a woman named Vanessa, she is saddened by Ariel. However, after discovering that Vanessa is really Ursula, Ariel confronts her with the help of her friends, in the act of her breaking her locket and recovering her voice. With which, Eric stops being under the spell of the medallion, and when he sees that Ariel is the girl who saved him, he tries to kiss her, but the time limit for being human is broken.

Ursula takes Ariel with her, but is stopped by Triton, who offers to take his daughter's place. After that, Ursula obtains Triton's trident, but Ariel and Eric confront her, until they finally defeat the witch. After that, Ariel still wants to be with Eric, so Triton accepts that her daughter is in love with a human, so he turns her into a human so she can marry Eric.

Descendants 2[]

Ariel is present during the royal cotillion.



  • In Hebrew, the name Ariel means "lion of God".
  • She is the first princess to be non-human in her debut but then become one by the end.
  • In School of Secrets, it is revealed she has a niece but it is unknown which of her sisters' her niece is the daughter.
  • Since she was 16-years-old in her debut, The Little Mermaid, and the beginning of Auradon was 20 years ago, that means that she is now roughly 36 years old.
  • Although she has no known descendants in the franchise, she has a daughter named Melody in the sequel The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, set outside the canon of the Descendants universe.
    • Despite this, a castle appears on the Auradon map under the name "Melody's Castle" near Ariel and Eric's Castle, which could be a tribute to the character, or the possibility that an alternate version of her exists in Descendants.